Soil Conservation R&D Committee
WMG promotes the development of sustainable farming through soil conservation research, development and extension. WMG works collaboratively with industry and government research entities to achieve on-ground local research to address key issues across its Soil Conservation Research and Development (R&D) program. WMG research is focused on non-wetting soils, methods for lime incorporation, soil compaction diagnosis and test strips of various management practices such as windrows, fertilisers, lime, wetting agents and cultivations; and long-term fertiliser use and subsequent soil fertility.
David Isbister – Chair Chris Wilkins – R&D Coordinator Dr Bill Bowden – Soils Ambassador
Anne Wilkins Dr Steve Davies Helen Lethlean
Eddy Pol Peter Negus Steve Cosh
Kari-lee Falconer Colin McAlpine Erin Cahill
Livestock/Wind Erosion R&D Committee
WMG delivers the latest research findings, information and technology to livestock producers to enable them to create and grow sustainable, profitable sheep and cattle enterprises. The biggest constraint to livestock production in our member area is the risk of erosion due to the relatively short pasture growing season and the fragility of our sandy soils. Being cognisant of animal health and welfare issues and the role of optimal animal nutrition to mitigate these, our main focus is directed towards improved pastures, perennial grasses, fodder shrubs and their management.
Will Browne – Chair Dr Gina Micke – Livestock Production Dr Bryon Micke
& Innovation Manager Livestock Ambassador
Anne Wilkins Helen Lethlean Dennis Martin
Kari-lee Falconer Rebecca Butcher David Mills
Zac Roberts Ted Kennedy Courtney Martino
Andrew Viola Peter Negus Ron Wilkinson
WMG recognises the significance of women’s contribution to agriculture and the local community. WMG promotes rural women’s development and provides links to network, share ideas, issues, information and support. WMG hosts several events throughout the year including Women, Wellbeing and Wine (WWW), informative tours and awareness workshops.
Tracey Cook – Chair Anne Wilkins Kari-lee Falconer
Sara Kenny Tresslyn Walmsley Hayley McCoy
Keiran Sullivan Mel White Robyn Brockman
Horticulture/Water Resources Committee
WMG introduced the horticulture/water resources committee in 2015 led by grower interest from the emerging potato industry in the Dandaragan and Gingin areas. Growers meet regularly to discuss issues relevant to growing potatoes including soil health, water quality, seed varieties, pests and diseases and seasonal conditions.
David Anderson – Chair Roy Humfries – Co Chair Courtney Piesse
Greg Humfries David Fox Andrew Viola
Craig Ryan Jo Garbin Sam Calameri